BRUEGHEL, Jan the Elder
(b. ca. 1568, Brussel, d. 1625, Antwerpen)

A Flemish Fair (detail)

1610s
Oil on copper
Royal Collection, Windsor

Brueghel's achievement is to have depicted a continuous landscape, with meticulously observed details on the left complemented by the superbly handled atmospheric blue tones that evoke a landscape of melting beauty on the right.